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Video Sunday: Let’s eat peanut butter. Stop throwing those pigeons

Knowing my deep in the bones dislike of The Giving Tree (let it comfort those amongst you who like it that my husband does as well) roundabout five people sent me this Sassy Gay Friend version of the well-known story.  Can we get a Sassy Gay Friend version of Rainbow Fish next, please?  This gets points for an unexpected solution, and reminds me a bit of the College Humor version that came out a couple years ago.  Fans of the book itself may enjoy this version where Shel himself reads the story.  See?  Something for everyone.  Thanks to everyone for the link!

Another video that was making the rounds this week was the Old Spice Guy PSA.  He did it in response to a tweet from someone called @wawoodworth.  That may explain the first thing he says here.

The downside to this is that I have now spent the better part of my day watching all the other Old Spice Guy videos out there.  Declarative statements never looked so good.  Thanks to Inkygirl for the link.

Book trailers are one thing.  How about clever video advertisements for gallery shows?  Residents of Culver City, CA you are in luck.  The Ed Emberley and Friends show is currently going on.  According to them, “Curated by Caleb Neelon, the exhibition features Ed Emberley as well as five artists who were inspired by him. The artists include Raul Gonzalez, Seonna Hong, Matt Leines, Christopher Kline and Saelee.”

Many thanks to Children’s Illustration for the video.

It’s no secret that I consider maybe the most important children’s book of the year to read one One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.  There haven’t been all that many videos of Ms. Rita talking about the book, but fellow author (and potential Newbery winner this year as well, thanks to her Keeper) made this great video of Rita talking about writing the book and the parts in it that came from her own life.  I particularly like the part where she talks about how she is not a poet and when she had to write Cecile’s poems, “I began to find other things for Cecile to do.”

Thanks to Kathi Appelt for the link!

Off-Topic time.  On a good week I’ll suddenly discover a video that screams to be my off-topic video, regardless of whatever else I’ve managed to set aside.  Recently this video appeared on the Ken Levine blog.  It’s an old Candid Camera where Woody Allen acted like a man hiring a secretary.  For all that she’s covered in the fashions of the times, what I really love about this is how natural the secretary is with Woody.  You just end up loving her by the end of the video.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Oh, I am so relieved to find out that I’m not the only person in the world who hates The Giving Tree! It might be my least favorite book of all time.

  2. I met Rita at this past ALA – she walked up to me and said, “I want to know you!” during the Caldecott/Newbery dinner and I was gobsmacked. And she is JUST AS CRAZY and AWESOME and — wow. She is so great. And I was so honored that she spoke to me. But she’s not a person who lets you feel stand-offish and “honored,” she just jumps into being a friend.

    I’m still honored.

  3. I have my fingers crossed for Rita Williams Garcia. The more I see of her talking about One Crazy Summer the more I want it to win the Newbery.

  4. Okay, so One Crazy Summer for the Newbery, The Night Fairy and Dreamer for honors… Or–some mix thereof! With Boneshaker also a possibility. Unless the fall books pull off a major upset. 🙂

  5. Watching the Old Spice Guy talk about libraries is purely a public service activity, right?

    The Rita Williams Garcia video is wonderful! Reminds me of how much thought and care and love and craft went into One Crazy Summer. She made it look effortless, but the result is exquisite. That is one distinguished book!

  6. I spent WAY too much time the other night watching Old Spice videos and I laughed and laughed. What a great marketing campaign!

  7. This book was a running joke at the Low-Residency at Hamline University this past week. Gary Schmidt exclaimed his absolute hatred of the book. One conversation went as follows:

    Student: Well, some people like The Giving Tree.
    Gary: Well, some people like heroin. Doesn’t mean it’s good for you.